TELL US: Is There Anywhere to Put a Casino in Chelmsford?

The Boston Herald reported last week that a Canadian company might be looking just a few miles down 495 in Littleton to propose a new casino.


Last week, the Boston Herald reported that Clairvest, a Toronto-based casino company, is looking at Littleton for a possible location for their bid in the upcoming selection for the state's four gaming licenses.

The report did not indicate whether the company was looking at a full or slots-only license, or where exactly in Littleton the proposed casino might be located.

Today, we want to ask you your thoughts on this. If a casino did come to Littleton, would it be close enough to have any impact on Chelmsford? If you support the idea of a casino in Chelmsford, where would it go?

Would it take a change in the economic reality attached to the new Massachusetts law to allow a "casino-esque" gaming parlor as small as the Bigs Cafe up in Nashua ay in Milford, NH for a gaming establishment to work logistically in town?

Or, maybe you oppose casinos here in town, or in the Commonwealth altogether?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Iron Mike December 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM
When the media begins to ask questions like this '...is there anywhere in our town?' . . . then you know the politicians have already fooled a majority of the electorate. Fooled? Yeah, fooled! They can keep spending money they don't have,...on programs we don't need,...and 'plan to pay for it',...on the backs of the gambling addicted. And with a straight face Democrats claim to be the party that '...cares about people'. The truth is that the local towns around casinos across the land pick up the cost of the extra policing, the extra drunk driving accidents, the extra murders, the extra vehicle traffic, - while getting nothing but some low-paying service jobs in return. So, you want your kids to go to work in a casino?
Eileen Cushing-Craig December 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The last I noticed, we had a few good sized industrial buildings in town that are empty and not bringing in any tax dollars. (I am thinking of the Aspect building, and a few buildings on Omni Way.) I would not mind a high class gaming/entertainment establishment going into one of those spaces. I can not imagine that gambling will come to Chelmsford during my lifetime though. I would not say that we are a town that courts and nurtures new businesses.
Phil stanway December 26, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The old fire station and police station are open or maybe the old DPW site on the old dump. They chould also double it up witht the medical Marijuana store on one of the 50 floors.
Gail December 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
How about in the center, where the old Marshalls was? But maybe just a smaller facility. Why spend your money in CT or RI, when you could do it right here? And if we need more police for it, then it means more jobs locally.
Iron Mike December 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Flawed logic Gail. 'More police' do NOT equal 'more jobs'. Policemen are great guys and gals, but they do NOT ADD to the economy, they are a drain on the taxpayers. ANY government job is a burden on those earning wages in the private economy. We try to balance risk vs expense, and have the right number of city clerks, police, fire, etc. Just don't think of them as 'jobs' added to the economy.
Maureen Hastings December 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I hope that there is not a place in Chelmsford for a casino. Yes,I want a casino in the center of an old New England town and yes I want to encourage children that money alone is more important than an education???
Iron Mike December 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Guess you're not old enough to remember Eisenhower's caution about the 'military-industrial complex'... Government – local, state, federal – is ALL a DRAIN on taxpayers' income and freedom. Thus the term 'Freedom isn't free'. We have to balance risk vs cost. You do it when you buy homeowner's and auto insurance. You gamble on the risk of having an accident, being sued, and having enough insurance to cover any judgments against you. As a nation we balance the risks from internal and external threats – the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, Somali pirates, drug smugglers, crime syndicates, street gangs, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes...and try to figure out how much military, law enforcement, and FEMA/DHS we need. And of course we want our people trained, fit, well-equipped, and ready to respond – just like our local police and fire departments. I can assure you that for 37 years – I was! [Although under Carter we had little training ammo or spare parts.]
Muriel McGrann December 26, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Iron Mike December 26, 2012 at 04:18 PM
TO: bindersfull ohwomen No you snarly DB - my service was a bargain for the taxpayers - they got 110% from me on my WORST day. They STILL do! HaND!
Sunny December 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
My brother went to Univ Nevada-Las Vegas for restaurant/hotel management. He mentioned that it was the saddest place to live. There were people who had gambled the returned ticket back home, lost home in a poker game, man stole his wife's ring to get money from a pawn shop. He has been back for a wedding and the city was trying to make it more "family-friendly". Gambling is addiction and with our unemployment rate make steer people to try the slots. Proposed site: Devens Governor Patrick failed substainable energy
Vivian Merrill December 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
If I can't drum up support for a bowling alley in Stop&shop, then there's no way we'll see a casino in Chelmsford. Although, somewhere on 129 would be a good place for one, there's still not enough room. They can't even get support for ancillary services down there. The light pollution alone would kill that neighborhood.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) December 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
A bowling alley inside a grocery store would be pretty awesome.
Christine Kitsos December 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Is this serious? We can not support the traffic we have now. People will be driving after drinking at the casino. It will attract all sorts of less than favorable people. Exactly why I moved to a quiet town.
Lenny Banakos December 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I don't see any problem with having a casino in our town. It will bring money that this town definitely needs. We can afford to the extra Police Officers and Fire Fighters and EMT's out there if necessary. The revenue the casino will generate will help pay for all of this and I think Chelmsford will be a better town in the long run. We can't baby our town.
Joe Chen December 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Iron Mike-- Why aren't they jobs added to the economy? How is it any different than if every citizen paid, say, $50 to a private security company to protect them? If taxpayers are getting something of value in return, how are they a "drain?"
Iron Mike December 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
To: Joe Chen Good question Joe, many wouldn't bother to ask; – they simply accept that all jobs are 'good'. Thus a few years ago the folks in Greece suddenly realized that nearly 50% of the 'working population' – worked for the government, - and there wasn't enough tourist $$ coming in to cover the cost of the salaries, the benefits, and the fat retirements they had – since as GOVT employees, they were all union. For the past 2 years they've been rioting and burning their cities. Think of your home. You add a bedroom – you add value. You replace a roof, - you maintain value. You pay for termite protection, you protect your investment – but ADD NO VALUE. Any and all government jobs are a drain on the economy. If leaders are smart, careful, and thrifty, we buy –> just enough <– government to keep the rain and the termites out – and no more. Today in America – 10% of all who 'work' – work some government job. That means that every 9 families are paying for that government employee, PLUS all the UNemployed, and all who are retired on government pensions. Starting to feel the weight of too much government yet?
Monica Kent January 29, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Please! no casino, no Medical Marijuana. lets try and protect "what the Sires have won". And maintain and improve what we have. being a little exclusionary is not a bad thing. monica


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